Nov 28, 2013 at 6pm UK at ​Alfheim Stadion, Tromso
TromsoTromso IL
0-2
SpursTottenham Hotspur

Fojut (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Cauevic (63' og.), Dembele (75')
Dawson (51'), Capoue (55'), Soldado (56')

Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe rested due to pitch concerns

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham in action during a pre season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Espanyol at White Hart Lane on August 10, 2013
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Andre Villas-Boas reveals that Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe will sit out of Tottenham Hotspur's Europa League clash with Tromso IL due to concerns over the artificial pitch in Norway.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that the artificial pitch in Norway has forced him to leave Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe out of his squad to face Tromso IL.

The North London club have already qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League having won all four of their fixtures so far.

Paulinho, Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Sandro, Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor, Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose and Harry Kane have also been left at home.

"We decided to leave some players out," the Portuguese coach told reporters.

"Not just because of injury, but also the recent international fixtures and as a precaution because of previous injuries they've had on artificial pitches, in the cases of Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe."

Defoe has scored seven goals in five games in Europe this season.

Man City's Jesus Navas celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against Tottenham on November 24, 2013
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